Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hangin' Out in San Antonio

Tonight I had the pleasure of meeting the absolutely fabulous, funny, beautiful, wise and warm (and terribly fit) Patti from the Patti-O, here in her hometown of San Antonio.

She surprised me with this way cool gift bag filled with Fiesta goodies -- and yes, those are tiny umbrellas for "umbrelly drinks". Fiesta is a major celebration that takes place here in April -- all I ever knew about it was that I can never find a soul in the office that week, but should I find myself in town this year, I will be well supplied. I have my own margarita glass with sombrero base, shot glass, suspended by beads so I can wear it around my neck, beads with chili peppers, tiny umbrellas and the eggs -- arghhh, now I can't remember what they are called -- dyed and filled with confetti so that you can smash them over people's heads! What a welcome!

We went out to dinner and we talked and we laughed and we maybe almost cried a couple of times. It was a great night. We had to talk the wait staff into taking our picture together on the way out and here we are:
I had Scott's new camera and as an accidental bonus, the girl taking this picture also shot this fine film:


video
Someone recently said the cool thing about the blogosphere is that it helps us find our people.

So glad I found Patti!

21 comments:

kristenspina said...

Great video!!!! And yes, finally, a Lisa face to love and cherish!!! Sounds like a great time.

Rebecca Burgess said...

It's good to find our people.

Patti said...

husband walked into the room and said, "have you seen the video of your internet date?!"

how much fun was last night? you make a great internet date and i hope i was a good invisible friend.

can't wait to talk again (yes, we shall use all means of communication!). i feel like i met a lifelong friend.

oh, and the eggs are called "cascarones".

have fun with power point!

Charles Gramlich said...

Glad you two hit it off. Sounds like you had fun. Yeah!

Melissa Marsh said...

How cool! I love that the blog world has made it possible for us to meet so many people face to face!

Vesper said...

What a lovely, lovely post, Lisa! Thanks for sharing this wonderful feeling.
"we talked and we laughed and we maybe almost cried a couple of times" - oh, I like that very much! - plus the shot glass that you can wear at your neck! :-)

Lana Gramlich said...

Nice to meet others "out there." Glad you had a good time. San Antonio's pretty cool. I loved the riverwalk.

Larramie said...

Aw, you two look so great together. Yes, I'd been thinking of your "date," so am thrilled that you shared!

P.S. Wonder what Patti was taking home from dinner? Well, I am a "?" a la today's post. ;)

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

What a laugh - glad you had a great time; another example of blog magnetism at work...!

Carleen Brice said...

Hey, you quoted me! :)

All the cool peeps are in San Antonio (saw a pic of Obama there recently and one of my brother's family lives there)!!

Lisa said...

Hey everybody...sssshhhhh!!!! I'm enduring slide 6,743 of death by PowerPoint at my annual sales meeting. I should have told everybody I had the flu and I was contagious and then had Patti drive underneath my window so I could climb out and get away!

We really had a blast and Carleen, you caught me -- I was quoting you last night.

Oh, and Larramie -- why is it totally no surprise that you came out as a "?" ?

Usman said...

Aren't you busy.
I can imagine you and Patti sharing laughs and more than a few drinks.

Anonymous said...

The colorfull eggs are cascorones. The correct way to use them is to crush them in your hand and sprinkle the confetti on someones head. The rude way is to bash someone on the head and rub the shell and confetti into their hair...

Carleen Brice said...

Forgot to say, nice tops, btw! :)

debra said...

So glad you got to meet each other. Looks like you planned your date: jeans, black boots, and black top.
Nice video, too :-)

Ello said...

I'm so jealous! You guys had a blast! Ok - when you are back to the east coast. We are going out!

steve said...

Lisa--I,m happy to see a picture of you. Until now I've just seen your husband's lovingly painted portraits of of you, but not showing your face.

I'm glad you had a good time in San Antonio. I'm also happy to see Usman's comment. He obviously got through the elections all right, and it looks as though they were, for the most part, fair , free, and nonviolent.

moonrat said...

i heart san antonio. dadrat and i once spent an entire week walking around the downtown during the NCAA final four. we ate SO much excellent mexican food.

Therese said...

Excellent photo & video! You two look fab but I'm REALLY impressed with that floor!

We really, really need to plan that group retreat...

Lisa said...

Warning: my left shift key flaked out and i'm not taking the time to fix my half-capitalization. Dell Gold support promises a new keyboard at my door on monday.

Usman, many laughs, yes, but only one beer -- we will definitely bring a designated driver along the next time!

Anonymous, thanks for reminding me of the name -- patti did tell me and she also explained the proper/nice way to use them. i am so glad she did! If i ever found myself in the middle of Fiesta without this advance warning, i have no idea what i'd do if someone ran up and crushed one of these on or over my head!

Carleen, it's like six degrees of separation/kevin bacon, isn't it -- for everyone else, Carleen and i had lunch with the Denver literary ladies and afterward we went into a great shop in Denver where i bought the two tops i'm wearing in the photos!

Debra, i noticed that we looked like we coordinated out outfits too -- isn't that funny!

Steve, yep, that's me. i tend to like the way i look in the paintings much better!

Moonrat, San Antonio is a very cool place. i told patti that in the 7+ years i've been with my company -- not to mention basic training and another visit for some training there when i was in the Air Force -- i've probably been down there 25-30 times. There are some great places to visit that most people know about and a ton of others that people don't. i like San Antonio best of all the Texas cities i've visited.

Therese, i was thinking the same thing. Every time i've met a fellow blogger in person it's been like meeting a sibling i was separated from at birth. The retreat is a mucho excellent idea.

Lisa said...

Oh, and Ello I missed you the first time through! Yes, yes, yes -- I'm not sure when I'll be back next but I'm sure it will be within the next few weeks. As long as you promise to drive (I'm a terrible driver and DC is noplace for drivers who don't know their way around!). Absolutely.

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